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This #NewYear, Visit Old #Fiction To Renew Your #Writing Life.


Originally posted on Jean Lee's World: For all the jokes out there about stories being a writer’s children there rings a subtle truth: we want every story to be its best. Like a sniffly child on timeout, they whine, “I want to be nice!” Then show you are nice, we say. “I don’t know…Original link
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Books read in 2017


Maybe it’s because I am in a couple of book groups requiring me to read at least two books monthly, plus what the members call ‘side reads’ along the lines of if-you-enjoyed-that-you’ll-like-this’ I have quite a long list here. In fact I’ve started more than I finished and forgotten some I enjoyed, but hadn’t written review notes. Long though this list is, the 2018 reads will outdo it because of my role as a judge in the current FicFun writing competition. For that I will read the equivalent of at least 20 novellas / novels by the end of May. These are in no particular order – even of chronological reading. Nor do I say if I enjoyed them though books I couldn’t really finish because of the w...
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year
Happy New Year! May 2018 be filled with the good things of life. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas - Feliz Navidad
Once again we’re at the Christmas Tree Festival in Victoria, BC and we say: Merry Christmas ! from the book club. And: Feliz Navidad ! from Mexico. Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season. http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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Photography


My bike ride in Spain 2011 north of Benidorm I’m inspired by my next door neighbour to blog some of my own photographs. He is Matthew Martin and his blog of inspirational gems is here. I have to confess that I have no decent camera and lazy enough to be using my phone cam in recent years. I hope I have an eye for a ‘good’ image though and this might come across. I’ve thrown a few together from early to more recent. March 25 2007 Lache Lane, Chester. Accident-prone winding lane. Their mum was livid! Between Wetten and Hulme End in the Peak District 2011. Note altocumulus clouds rippling. June 2012 when I cycled over Ironbridge Limnisa in Methana, Greece. My fave writing retreat. The ‘secret’ ...
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Crater’s Edge by Lucy Andrews


Crater’s Edge by Lucy Andrews You know me by now, a sucker for holes – the ones in the ground. Hence my POTHOLE short story about a small hole that doubles in size every day until… argh! To be featured in my INCREMENTAL collection coming out in 2018 Then there is EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEE with its Best SF novel award (runner up) in 2008 where alien artefacts emerge from the crust leaving behind rather deep holes. Here it is http://hyperurl.co/du4s3h   Not to forget my short story THE MEMORY ROCK when a meteorite makes a hole in my nearby village of Dodleston. A free read here http://thewifiles.com/?p=631 I wonder if this interest in earthly voids started when taking Geography students into Snow...
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My Review of The Naked Reviewers.


Originally posted on A Writer's Journey: I recently published my novel, The Rise of Kali on Amazon. Being eager to promote it, I volunteered to have it reviewed by The Naked Reviewers. You can find the reviews here: https://thenakedreviewers.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-rise-of-kali-a-hunter-recovery-novel/#more-537 Sherry Terry runs the site. She’s multi-talented and wears many hats. She’s a published author. You…Original link
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Book Review: Zen in the Art of Writing


Originally posted on Ink Wrangler: Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Ray Bradbury’s writing. Something about his writing speaks to my inner being. It makes my soul dance, my heart ache, and my eyes leak rivulets of tears. This book is a fascinating tale of his life and times,…Original link
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It’s not writer’s block, it’s writer’s blackout.

It’s not writer’s block, it’s writer’s blackout.
I’ve been through this before. The flurry of publishing a novel, announcing the launch, marketing….                           And then? The crash. You’re done, burned out, ready for a break. This stage lasts about two days and you’re antsy to start on another story. But what if you have no ideas at the moment? You fret and worry and the more you reach for an idea, the more elusive it becomes. That’s when you launch into major cleaning, declutter the house, become obsessed with social media and spend many too many hours on the Internet. And suddenly, when you least expect it your brain clicks on “an old lady in a nursing home and a young girl just out of high school, who desperately wants to ...
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December’s Random Repartee


#SciFi #IndieAuthor #Update #Biography December 14th, 2017, is my feature day on the 22 Days of Christmas, and I thought I’d provide a blog post as my shareable content. First, a little about me that I’ve not listed on my various profiles. Hitherto Unknown Factoids I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada, in 1967, … Continue reading December’s Random ReparteeOriginal link
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Cigar-shaped spaceship Oumuamua


Artist’s concept of interstellar asteroid 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) as it passed through the solar system after its discovery in October 2017. The aspect ratio of up to 10:1 is unlike that of any object seen in our own solar system. Original link
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Lessons Learned from Agatha Christie: The Omission Says It All.


#BlogShare #WriterTips #Plot #AgathaChristie #Poitot Jean Lee's World Studying Agatha Christie’s Poirot mysteries has been a real treat this year. But like any favorite food, its taste has grown a touch stale on my writing pallette. Before I take a good, long break from one of the greatest authors of all time, I wanted to share one of the lessons learned from what many consider to be her masterpiece: And Then There Were None.  I had written this book because it was so difficult to do that the idea had fascinated me. That people had to die without it becoming ridiculous or the murderer being obvious. I wrote the book after a tremendous amount of planning, and I was pleased with what I had mad...
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How do you explain a Canadian winter to your Nigerian friend?

How do you explain a Canadian winter to your Nigerian friend?
  Uzo and I discuss the flood that forced him out of his house. I sympathize with his predicament and comment that I have some understanding of living in rough conditions. When I was a child we lived on a farm in Saskatchewan—no electricity and no running water. In the warm weather my dad lowered pails with butter and cream and milk down the well to just above water level and that acted as a fridge, but no freezer of course so vegetables, fruits, meat and chicken had to be canned. Our house was very small – 2 rooms and we had to fight the cold in winter. Water came from a well and my mother melted snow in big pots on the stove to do laundry and wash dishes and bath us. If she hung clothes on...
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My fantasy Christmas


Today’s #MultiTalented “22 Days of December” #Author is Donna Maree Hanson Donna Maree Hanson, Author and PhD Candidate I love the Christmas season….but! I don’t like all the stress. So my Christmas fantasy is that there really is a Santa Claus and he/she/it buys all the presents and maybe cooks the dinner as well. Photo by Fionna Sullivan Talking about fantasies leads me to think about wishes…I wish that Christmas wasn’t so commercial and that we were less materialistic generally. We live in a capitalist society where the dollar is the key. At times I think it’s a great machine that has run mad, eating up everything in search of profit, destroying the planet, churning through people and sel...
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Amazon Steps Up Its Antifraud Efforts


Nicholas C. Rossis Image: frostmediasolutions.com Since 2015, Amazon has been actively trying to stomp out scammers exploiting authors. As I first reported in 2015, foremost among these were fake reviews, but a couple of months ago it upped the ante by filing arbitration complaints against five individuals who it says offered services to KDP author and publishers aimed at helping them manipulate the reading platform for financial gain. Amazon is demanding a combination of injunctive relief, account termination and, in some cases, triple damages. As Publishers Weekly reports, Amazon alleges that five people used a number of prohibited strategies to manipulate customers reviews and worked to i...
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The things we take for granted

The things we take for granted
“I can relate with your excitement as a child when you and the rest of your family moved to Edmonton—and my goodness, your story gave me a good laugh,” Uzo writes. (I was 9 when we moved and I had told Uzo that I was so fascinated with the flush toilet that I got up several times to use it until my mother finally told me to get back to bed and stay there.) “The day I left Mambilla plateau,” he adds, “I was so eager to browse the Internet, to watch TV, and to enjoy other modern conveniences. That night in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba, I couldn’t sleep; even as an adult, I was so excited about just everything. Everything looked new. I remember I did stare at the bulb in my room from time to ...
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Book Group topics for Xaghra’s Revenge

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I attend a couple of book groups in Chester. Often the books generate plenty of points for us to discuss, but sometimes it is useful for the publisher or author to provides questions. Many of these book group topics apply to any fiction so feel free to copy. Possible Book Group topics for XAGHRA’S REVENGE  1. What did you like best about this book? 2. What did you like least about this book 3. What other books did this remind you of 4. Which characters in the book did you like best? 5. Which characters did you like least? 6. If you were making a movie of this book, who would you cast? 7. Share a favourite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out? 8. What other books by this author h...
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The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Istavan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. a Summary, Discussion, and Review


#SciFi #IndieAuthor reblogging ‘Infinite Text’s’ #BookReview of “The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction” by Istavan Csicery-Ronay, Jr. Infinite Text “…science fiction is more than a literary genre or a social passion. It is a way of organizing the mind to include the contemporary world…SF is an art that delights in vision, intelligence, and the infinite possibilities of change.” My overall impression of this book was that it was trying so hard to be exclusive and elite that it almost became nonsensical. Yes, I understand that it contributes to a larger conversation. However, if you look at Joanna Russ’s discourse on feminist science fiction, or Sterling’s, LeGuin’s, and Atwood’s nonfiction wr...
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Welcome to December!


#SciFi #IndieAuthor #Update #Blog #AmWriting This will be a short post – I’m fighting off a migraine and staring at the computer screen is making my squishy brain, even more-so. Here are a few updates for you: Good News: Just in case you didn’t know, “The Korpes File,” recently won Best Sci-Fi in the ‘Authors Talk About It’ – Book Award Contest. Also, I had a 10-minute radio interview with Mike Murphy of “Stoke FM,” and I had my first ‘in-store’ book signing. Thanks to Vanessa and those who purchased copies at ‘Grizzly Books,’ it was a big success. Thanks too, to my sister’s in crime, Lena B., and Cindy P., for supplying me with water, coffee, and bonbons afterward. Other Writing Projects So...
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Who knew the munchkin’s field trip to the dump would be so interesting?

Who knew the munchkin's field trip to the dump would be so interesting?
I’m the designated driver for the munchkin’s school field trips. Some are more interesting than others, but who knew the trip to Hartland Landfill would be so fascinating? The site is huge with a gas-to-electricity plant, a recycling and salvage area, a yard waste area…. We tour the 400 acre site by bus and our guide explains that there are 82 categories for recycling – bikes are sent to be refurbished and given to charity – that the solar panels spotted by the kids are used to create electricity to run the water testing stations. When we reach the “garbage” area, the kids (grades 3 and 4) are most impressed with the piles of mattresses and the huge compactor and the fact that 3 hawks help t...
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